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Guibourtia coleosperma - (Benth.) J.Léonard

Common Name Bushman bean, Large false mopane
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open forest with Isoberlinia, Brachystegia; in pure stands here and there; almost confined to deep Kalahari sand; at elevations from 750 - 1,400 metres[328 , 663 ].
Range Tropical Africa - Angola, southern DR Congo, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Guibourtia coleosperma Bushman bean, Large false mopane


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Guibourtia coleosperma is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Copaiba coleosperma (Benth.) Kuntze Copaifera coleosperma Benth. Copaiva coleosperma (Benth.) Britton

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[775 ]. Traditionally, they are baked in hot ashes and then pounded - although they can be eaten at this stage, it is more common to mix them with water to form a paste and then cook them again[775 ]. Fruit - cooked[775 ]. The fruit (actually a fleshy aril) is easily removed from the seed by soaking for a few minutes in warm water. The arils are used to make a soup[775 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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The bark is valued for the treatment of skin ailments and wound healing. It is normally pounded and then applied as a paste to the affected area[775 ].

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Other Uses

The reddish-pink heartwood is attractive and fine-grained. The wood is hard and heavy and is used for furniture, knife handles and for various other purposes[663 , 775 ].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Management: Standard  Staple Crop: Protein-oil  Wild Staple Crop

Found in the wild almost exclusively on deep sandy soils[663 ]. Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[755 ].

Carbon Farming

  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Staple Crop: Protein-oil  (16+ percent protein, 16+ percent oil). Annuals include soybeans, peanuts, sunflower seeds. Perennials include seeds, beans, nuts, and fruits such as almond, Brazil nut, pistachio, walnut, hazel, and safou.
  • Wild Staple Crop  Some wild plants have strong historical or contemporary use. Although they are not cultivated crops, they may be wild-managed.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bastard teak, Bastermopanie, Chivi, Copalwood, False mopani, Manzauri, Mehibi, Mtjibi, Mungengem Mushibi, Musyibi, Mutsauri, Mutsotso, Omushii, Oshi, Rhodesian mahogany, Rhodesian teak, Tsaudi, Tsauri, Umtshibi, Ushibi, Usivi, African rosewood (ambiguous), large false mopane, Rhodesian copalwood, and machibi,

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa, Angola, Botswana, Central Africa, Congo DR, Congo, East Africa, Namibia, South Africa, Southern Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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